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Wedding ring accidentally sold at garage sale returned

Friday, June 14, 2013

An Orange County woman's plea for help was finally answered when strangers returned her $23,000 wedding ring.

It all started when Racquel Cloutier, who was about to give birth, took off her wedding ring for safekeeping.

"Whenever you're pregnant your fingers start to swell so I thought it'd be a good idea to take it off," said Cloutier.

She put it inside an empty watch box in a closet.

While she recovered in the hospital, her husband Eric sold the box at an annual neighborhood yard sale for $10.

Lucky for Cloutier, the buyer gave the box to her daughter and son-in-law, who found the ring inside.

Cloutier is now reunited with her beloved ring, and thankful for the kindness of strangers.

"I don't think I'll be taking it off anytime soon," Cloutier said.

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